Battling wrinkles Side by Side: Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30

The more we test derma e® products, the more impressed we become. derma e® is not just a big faceless corporation, it’s a company that has been family owned for over 30 years. This skin care line focuses on products that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. derma e® features over 80 products that are free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and petrolatum. They definitely walk the talk – derma e® products are cruelty-free and 100 percent vegan, plus their manufacturing and operations are offset 100 percent by wind power. All of this, plus super effective products, make derma e® a line easy to review.

In January, derma e®, launched its new Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30. Doctor-developed, clinically-tested and consumer-tested, these healthy, safe, naturally advanced formulas deliver real visible results.

“derma e® is raising the bar for natural skin care performance with the launch of these two new products,” says Jennifer Norman, Vice President of Marketing for derma e®. “In pre-launch consumer testing, Firming DMAE Eye Lift and Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30 showed significant skin firming, lifting and wrinkle smoothing results. They deliver high-end benefits without compromising the health of your body, the health of your skin or the health of the environment.”

So how did our results compare to the results of the 8 week study?  Read on to find out!

LISA’S SIDE:  derma e® Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer SPF 30 ($45)

Derma E Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer

I tested the the triple-action, daytime moisturizer that is designed to smooth and relax deep wrinkles while also protecting skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Key ingredients include advanced peptides Argireline®, Matrixyl® synthe’6® and Clear Zinc Oxide chemical-free sunscreen.

DermaE Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer

In their study, after 8 weeks the participants saw some pretty impressive improvements. 100% reported less fine lines, 96% reported less wrinkles, and 96% reported less sagging.

DermaE Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer swatch

I used this moisturizer for two months, applying it every morning. This is a very thick cream – so thick, in fact, I had some trouble getting it out of the airless pump tube packaging. I found that I needed to squeeze the tube while also pressing the dispenser in order to get enough product. Other than that small note, my experience was terrific. Sometimes day moisturizers with sunscreen leave a white or gray cast to my skin, but this doesn’t. There is no fragrance and after two months I can say I feel that my fine lines are less noticeable and I have less redness. I am very impressed!  The Deep Wrinkle Peptide Moisturizer is a real winner.

MARCIA’S SIDE:  derma e® Firming DMAE Eye Lift ($24.95)

derma e DMAE Eye Lift

derma e DMAE Eye Lift

Lisa knows that I need to try every single eye cream on the market so she happily let me test this out when we received two products. I didn’t see the following results but….

Improvements reported by participants after eight weeks of use:

  • 95% reported less sagging
  • 95% reported less wrinkles
  • 90% reported less droopiness

Participants experienced soft, smooth, tighter skin around the eyes:

  • “Skin seems to have more elasticity”
  • “The skin around my eyes feels tighter”
  • “Skin is softer and smoother”

… what I did find is that my eyes did look firmer after use. I’ve used this both night and day and prefer it for daytime. I love seeing the results of the firming since I wake up with puffy eyes most days.

The ingredients in this helps to lift and firm the area around my eyes. It works to smoothe the crow’s feet that I am not happy seeing. The key ingredients include DMAE and advanced peptides Matrixyl® synthe’6®, Argireline® and InstaLift®Goji Berry.

derma e DMAE Firming Eye Lift

derma e DMAE Firming Eye Lift

derma e®  Firming DMAE Eye Lift is one of the most reasonably priced ($24.95) products you can find that include such great ingredients while also being 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

With Earth Day/Month coming up quickly derma e® is a great resource for you to find products that you’ll be happy to use for both you and the planet. Visit  www.dermae.com, follow on Facebook at derma e® Natural Skincare or Twitter @derma_e for more information.

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Now it’s your turn to learn about Volante’ Transformative Eye Cream

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

There is nothing to compare to a luxurious eye cream in my skincare book. I’m slightly fascinated (ok, much more than slightly) with a great eye cream. VOLANTE TRANSFORMATIVE EYE CREME was offered for review which drew a yes from me once I read about Volante and this eye cream.

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

VOLANTE is a skincare company that uses the following in all of their products:

Each product is powered by the 7 VITAE Complex, a patent-pending blend of premium botanicals that reverse the signs of aging:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Arnica Montana
  • Bromelain
  • Calendula
  • Daisy Flower
  • Grape Seed
  • Zinc

Sounded good to me so I kept reading about it. Volante was created by Dr. Elizabeth VanderVeer with the philosophy that skin should be given the same care as our internal organs.

Volante Transformative Eye Creme ingredients

Volante Transformative Eye Creme ingredients

Containing both Aloe Vera and (my favorite) Hyaluronic Acid I had high hopes for my transformation. This eye cream hydrates and plumps the skin under eyes as well as treating crow’s feet and dark circles. A little bit of heaven in a jar.

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

Volante Transformative Eye Creme

You can see by the photograph that this is a very rich, thick creme yet it’s great for daytime as well as nighttime. There’s no problem applying this and later applying concealer and/or foundation over it. It has light diffusers in it to help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. The icing on the cake is that it’s fragrance free. My pet peeve is fragrance especially in a product meant for my eyes.

VOLANTE is a new company that only has three products developed so far and is mostly available online. It’s a dermatologist tested brand that contains no parabens or petroleum. At $85 the Transformative Eye Creme is an investment but when you consider it’s for your eyes, aren’t you worth it? — Marcia

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Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

*items sent for editorial consideration

Red wine and chocolate…and DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

Recently I read an article featuring 20 different people who lived to be over 100 years old.  Each one was asked the secret to their longevity.  While one randy old guy said ‘lots of whiskey and wild women’, what really struck me was how many people said red wine and chocolate were staples in their diets.  I immediately thought of the eye cream I have been testing, sent to us by DermaquestStem Cell 3D Eye Lift ($78).

Dermaquest Eye Lift Stem Cell 3D

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

I love this!

I love this!

Right inside the box is the message, “Red wine, chocolate and this serum are all full of antioxidants.  Lucky you.”  Red wine and chocolate are most certainly enjoyable means of getting those antioxidants – might as well have enjoyable skin care, too!

DermaQuest is a spa skin care line that has been around since 1999.  They make professional and physician-only products, and are known for products featuring the latest in skin care technology.  They have a slew of products that feature botanical stem cell technology, including a facial cleanser, serum, tinted moisturizer, and body creme.

Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

What I really like about this eye cream is it gives an instant lift, and who doesn’t like immediate gratification?  Even better, it keeps on working to ultimately give great results over time.  Eye Lift is a cross between a cream and a serum.  It’s a great morning eye cream because while it hydrates, it’s not heavy and doesn’t interfere with concealer or foundation application.

There are so many interesting ingredients in this elegant eye cream – just take a look at that list!! Botanical stem cells are some of the newer kids on the skin care block, and research suggests they are highly effective at reducing wrinkles and protecting skin from environmental damage. Another one of the main ingredients is capryllic/capric triglyceride, which is derived from coconut and is fantastic for repairing skin tissue.  Red algae is another antioxidant that also works as an emollient, making this eye cream nicely hydrating for the undereye area.

In the quest to be healthy and look younger, it seems that it pays to drink a little red wine and have a little chocolate every day.  It also pays to use a little eye cream – and DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift is a great option full of cutting-edge skin care ingredients.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

 Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Adenosine Triphosphate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carrageenan, Citric Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ergothioneine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Porphyridium Polysaccharide , Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem Cell Culture, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Eryngium Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA

The magic of peptides: Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

The magic word in skin care these days is ‘peptides’. Peptides are cell-communicating ingredients that act as a messenger to the different cells, providing information for healing wounds, irritation, and inflammation. If peptides have the right base formula and are in the right packaging – meaning an airless pump – they are an extremely effective ingredient. Apothederm sent the BIZ their Hydrating Eye Cream ($40) to test and with something called SmartPeptide® technology inside I was definitely intrigued. Who couldn’t use a little magic around the eye area?

Apothederm Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

There is a lot of science that goes into a great eye cream. The SmartPeptide® technology is a combination of peptides (Hexapeptide-21) that help to repair skin with a perfect base formula (shea butter) that has moisturizing ingredients that help the peptides penetrate and absorb properly into the skin (glycerin and squalane oil). Here are specifics about the ingredients:

Hexapeptide-21
SmartPeptide helps to control visible photoaging while calming and soothing the delicate eye area. It works to stimulate the skin’s own natural repair and regeneration system. Tests have shown that this peptide controls visible signs of photoaging while calming and soothing the skin.

Shea Butter
Helps corrects dry, dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

Glycerin
A powerful humectant that relieves dehydration by drawing essential moisture into the skin.

Squalane
An emollient oil replenishes and protects the natural moisture balance of the skin.

skin care science!

skin care science!

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

The formula for this eye cream is quite elegant and the packaging is perfect – hello, airless pump! With the peptides in the right base, and packaging that keeps them stable, this is one heck of an effective eye cream  Apothederm reports that an independent clinical study showed 93% of participants said skin was smoother in 14 days, and 83% reported a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles after 14 days.

This eye cream is quite rich, a little goes a long way. The bottle lasts a long time and I am loving the results. It leaves my under eye area plump, hydrated, and younger looking. I can certainly say it has lessened the look of my fine lines, and it does a great job of reducing puffiness and inflammation. I think Apothederm’s Hydrating Eye Cream is definitely a winner.

You can find this eye cream and other great Apothederm products (Marcia loves their Nourishing Serum) online at www.apothederm.com. Take a look…I am definitely impressed.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Octanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dimethicone, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Hexapeptide-21, Squalane, Tocopherol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 80, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Laureth-4, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium EDTA.

A sweet extra scoop for The Sunday Scoop 7/27

I was going to include this in The Sunday Scoop but I didn’t want it to get lost. DermaMD is working with Groupon to bring you a fabulous buy. The product is Derma MD Eliminate Eye. What it is eliminating is dark circles, lines and puffiness.

ELIMINATE EYE

ELIMINATE EYE

I’ve been using several DermaMD products with great success and this week I’ll be writing more about them but I don’t want you to miss out on the Groupon.

DermaMD Eliminate Eye

DermaMD Eliminate Eye

DermaMD Eliminate Eye

DermaMD Eliminate Eye

Eliminate retails for $58.95 but the Groupon price is $18.99. This runs through August 6 but if it runs out before then, it’s gone. You don’t want to miss this spectacular buy. — Marcia

all about Eliminate

all about Eliminate

*sent for editorial consideration

Review and GIVEAWAY! Dermarie Skin Care

We know there are tons of gimmicks out there for skin care, so it’s always exciting to try a line that is simply based on good science. Today we have three skin care products from Dermarie to tell you about; you’ll not only get the inside scoop you will also have a chance to win one of them for yourself!

dermarie

Dermarie is a new line for us and we were intrigued by their philosophy. All of Dermarie’s products are developed from science. This is a line that is about effective ingredients and results, not marketing magic. They find some excellent ingredients from nature, as well as some that chemists have invented. This is a technology-based line, folks – you won’t find any fads here! Everything is made and manufactured in the US and Dermarie is a cruelty-free line.

Today we have three products that Dermarie sent us to review, as well as a giveaway for each of the items. And if our review spurs your interest in the line, we have a special code just for Beauty Info Zone readers for a whopping 40% off.  Just add in the code BEAUTYINFOZONE40 at checkout.

Lisa’s Side:  I am the lucky one who got to test two of Dermarie’s bestselling skin care products.  I tested both an eye serum and a facial serum.

Under Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Serum ($45)

Dermarie Under Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Serum

Dermarie Under Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Serum

Dermarie Under Eye Serum dropper bottle

Dermarie Under Eye Serum dropper bottle

I have eye issues, no doubt about it. I’ve got discoloration under my eyes, dark circles, and puffiness. So the Under Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Serum sounded right up my alley. This serum attacks all three issues and creates a healthier, younger looking eye area. It does this through peptides, one of the best ingredients available in skin care.

I used this for a month and I definitely noticed a difference. This is applied morning and night, and I actually also used a regular eye cream over it because the serum isn’t really for hydration. Check out what it does:

  • Visibly improves the appearance of under eye dark circles, puffiness, and discoloration
  • Active complex of rapid absorbing peptides improve skin tone and texture
  • Treats all types of under eye dark circles

    • Blue Circles from capillary pressure
    • Brown Circles caused by hyperpigmentation
    • Yellow Circles from hereditary factors
  • Softens and smooths skin

And here is a statistic that made me hopeful – after two weeks, 83% of users reported a reduction of dark circles and 85% reported a reduction of eye puffiness. I noticed a big difference in both puffiness and under eye circles. If you have any of these issues, this just could be the answer for you.  (Ingredients include Seaweed Extract, Purified Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxido Reductases, Soy Peptide, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.)

Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum ($68)

Dermarie Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum

Dermarie Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum

Dermarie’s Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum has pretty sweet packaging.  It looks like a great big needle, I guess because the serum is like a topical Botox. Dermarie says it “interrupts the nerve signals responsible for facial expression lines and forehead wrinkles.” The peptides in this serum relax the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles, and by calming those muscles the appearance of lines is reduced.

Nope, it's not a needle...it just looks like one!

Nope, it’s not a needle…it just looks like one!

Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum

Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum

The two peptides are Hexapeptide-30 and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8. There is a lot of science behind this and Dermarie does a great job of explaining what these peptides do HERE.  The benefits of this facial serum are pretty amazing:

  • Formulated with two revolutionary deep penetrating peptides Hexapeptide-30 and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
  • Reduces the severity of facial expression lines, wrinkle depth and fine lines
  • Lifts and tightens facial skin for improved elasticity and firmness
  • Relaxes and calms facial features for a more youthful appearance
  • Nourishing and skin revitalizing seaweed extract with hyaluronic acid for added moisturizing and skin protecting benefits

I used this morning and night for almost a month, and found it be a wonderful, lightweight serum. Did it actually reverse my expression lines? No, I think I will need to keep using it for a month or two longer to really know the long-term effects of this serum. But it did hydrate and plump up my skin, and my wrinkles certainly did not get any deeper. I think this is an exciting serum with very interesting science behind it and I am excited to find out what my results will be in another month or two. (Ingredients include Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract, Purified Water (Aqua), Hyaluronic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Hexapeptide-30, Arginine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.)

Marcia’s Side:  Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream ($58)

Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream

Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream

I’ve been using Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream for almost a month now and every time I put it on I get mad at it. Truthfully, I yell at it in my head. I don’t understand why an eye cream has to be fragranced. But that hasn’t stopped me from using it night after night. The benefits outweigh the fragrance. Since everything in the eye cream is natural I know that the fragrance most likely comes from the organic botanicals used.

great pump packaging

great pump packaging

Eye cream, just a dab needed

Eye cream, just a dab needed

The results of using Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream compensate for my nose’s preferences (and the aroma only lasts about 20 minutes). The fact that this is helping with my horrible dark circles and the puffiness under my eyes makes me keep using it. Ingredients like Vitamin K, arnica, and DCX help with circulation and strengthen the delicate layers of skin under my eyes. Those ingredients also mobilize the blood flow around my eyes to alleviate the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and swelling. I take a million pictures (and delete 99% of them) and it’s not my undereye area where I use the Dermarie that shows up darkly.

Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream

Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream

Loving hyaluronic acid as an ingredient, like I do, makes this a very hydrating eye cream for me. The moisturizing qualities of hyaluronic acid along with the blend of these other ingredients make for an eye cream that does what it says – illuminates, helps with the signs of anti-aging, and decreases dark circles. I couldn’t ask for more.

Dermarie is sponsoring a giveaway for all three products reviewed today, so take a chance and enter!  Don’t forget the amazing coupon code for Beauty Info Zone readers – get 40% off with the code BEAUTYINFOZONE40.

GIVEAWAY – US subscribers only. This giveaway is open through 8/12/14 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If the comments turn off please comment on our Facebook page or email beautyinfozone@gmail.com. Three winners, one for each product. Lots of luck!
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*products reviewed and giveaway prizes from Dermarie; opinions are all our own!